Lawmakers stop partisan bickering … for a moment
Republicans and Democrats spent a good portion of this week blaming each other on social media for the partisan gridlock that has resulted in two special legislative sessions and no operating budget.
The Washington state GOP party released a YouTube video Thursday blaming Inslee and the Democrats for the possible closure of state parks and high tuition rates.
“He’s the governor who can’t govern,” the narrator says in an ominous tone.
Washington state Democrats blogged and Tweeted about the government shutdown urging constituents to call Republicans and say “it’s time to compromise.”
But for a moment on Thursday, lawmakers stopped blaming each other and took time out to praise Elson Floyd.
Many lawmakers spent time with Floyd in the last year of his life as he pushed and gained approval from the state Legislature for a WSU medical school in Spokane. He kept his illness private from many.
Since his death, statements honoring Floyd have come from every corner, from editorial boards to politicians to former students.
On Thursday, Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said it’s hard to make sense of why a guy like Floyd would have his life cut short by such an awful disease.
“The only thing I can figure is maybe Heaven needed a branch campus,” Baumgartner said.
Maybe Floyd is up there right now, Baumgartner said, his voice cracking, negotiating with St. Peter.